“Cock your hat - angles are attitudes.” - Frank Sinatra
'Angularity' is an important concept to keep in mind when reading a chart.
The ‘angular houses’ are the areas of sky immediately surrounding the Horizon and the Meridian, the solid dark lines that divide the western circular chart.
The angular houses are the strongest, and when planets occupy them they have maximum power and influence.
The north Indian method of drawing a chart emphasises the angular houses, which makes it easy to see at a glance where these places of power are. They are the 4 large squares in the centre of the chart.
Anti clockwise from the top, they are houses 1, 4, 7, and 10.
The chart above belongs to Barack Obama. 4 planets occupy angular houses.
In William Lilly’s Christian Astrology, he outlines the concept of angularity for us;
The whole spheare of Heaven is divided into four parts by the Meridian and Horizon.
The first, tenth, seventh and fourth houses are called Angles… The Angles are most powerfull.
Planets in Angles doe more forcibly shew their effects.
Every astrological tradition that I am aware of, eastern or western, follows this same doctrine.
Planets in the 4 angular houses express themselves with full power. How they express that potential is a matter determined by the signs they are placed in, and the aspects or associations they make with other planets.
If a planet occupies an angular house, in a sign it functions well in (Saturn is in Capricorn in Mr. Obama’s chart, for example), and free from affliction, we tend to see excellent life results for the native, particularly during the dasha periods the planet presides over.
We all have different personal astrology, and so we all experience a different balance (or imbalance) of planetary energies acting upon and through us. Two people born on the same day may have their planets all in the same signs, but the rotation of the earth means that the houses they occupy are different.
A person who is highly energetic, physical, and domineering is likely to have Mars in one of the angular houses. Someone with Mars in the 12th house is likely to be meeker, less virile and less forceful.
Michel and Francoise Gauquelin’s (in)famous statistical research into astrological effects suggests that effects attributed to planets ‘in the angles’ are scientifically measurable.
The figure in the image above shows a kind of graph. The cross quartering the chart represents the angles, and the irregular outline shows the cumulative distribution of positions where the planet Mars was placed in the natal charts of thousands of prominent sports persons.
Prominent athletes had Mars in the peak areas of their natal charts with more regularity than would be expected with a null hypothesis.
William Lily suggests this ordering of houses, from strongest to weakest.
1, 10, 7, 4, 11, 5, 9, 3, 2, 8, 6, 12
It seems to roughly match the pattern found by the Guaquelin’s, with the largest peaks occurring in the region of the 1st and 10th houses.
The Gauquelin research seems to back up the ancient conception of the angles of the chart as places of power.
The above is Barack Obama’s chart again, this time presented as a Gauqeulin chart, which is one of the many chart options over at Astro.com.
Mr. Obama has Jupiter, Saturn, Mercury, and the Sun all in Gauquelin ‘Plus’ zones, designated with red numbers and ‘+’ symbols around the outer ring.
Another French astrologer, Suzel Fuzeau-Braesch has been conducting research on animals, and she claims to have also found a correlation between planets and personality;
Fuzeau-Braesch examined the characteristics of purebred dogs and cloned cows – and, to the dismay of skeptics, found that some astrological tools and concepts can be confirmed by hard science. She discovered that beyond the longstanding errors, blind spots, and confused thinking inherent in most astrological techniques lies a real and still unexplained interaction between personality and planets.
Interesting article from the Astrological News Service
Fuzeau-Braesch thought testing the strength of planets at the angles using pedigreed pups was a credible approach because the staggered whelping of a puppy litter can extend over a period of several hours with as little as 15 minutes — and as much as two hours — between individual births. The sky map above and below the horizon is continually changing as the birthing process unfolds, setting up a different astrological dynamic for each individual pup.
In what she described as an “amazing” finding, the researcher discovered that dominant dogs — the leaders of every group — had the Sun and Jupiter in angular positions with a frequency that far exceeded the threshold of significance established for the test.
And you can read her paper here; http://www.scientificexploration.org/journal/jse_21_2_braesch.pdf